Sugar Grove Area News In Brief

Community lunches

The Community Lunches in the area continue to be well attended. All lunches begin at 11:30 a.m. Please note that the United Methodist Church and the Mission Covenant Church will be taking a summer break from community lunches during June, July and August. On the 3rd Wednesday of the month at the Hessel Valley Lutheran Church located in Chandlers Valley. Everyone is invited to attend.

Flea market

The Chandlers Valley Community Center, a nonprofit organization, at 6250 Jackson Run Road will have a flea market On July 19. This event is happening every third Saturday of the month through Sept. 20 and will run from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. At this time, there are openings for vendors. A 10-foot by 10-foot space will be $10 and a 20-foot by 20-foot space will be $15. Vendors will be seen clearly from traffic traveling both directions on Jackson Run Road. Vendors will be set up in the Chandlers Valley ball field. If you are interested in becoming a vendor or you would like more information on the event, you can contact Marlene Falconer at 489-3760. Mark your calendars and come on out to see what treasures you can find to purchase. There will also be food and refreshments available for purchase.

Chandlers Valley


The Chandlers Valley Community Center is once again holding its Festival on Saturday, Aug. 23. Currently organizers are looking for any vendors interested in the event. The Festival and Sportsmen Challenge will take place from 10 a.m. 3 p.m. Events of the day will include live music with bands as well as a DJ with music for the day, the people pull, judged pie baking contest, pie auction, judged photo contest, children’s games and events, a Chinese auction, the popular lawn mower obstacle course, sportsmen’s challenge, pre-1965 farm tractor cruise in, craft vendors, food vendors, flea market, and New for this year is the corn hole tournament more. If you would like to register for the double elimination corn hole tournament please pre-register by contacting Rudy at 814-596-6386 or Jody at 360-682-3082.

Anyone interested in joining us for any or all of these events or needing more information on becoming a vendor can contact Marlene Falconer at 489-3760.

Summer camp

Day Camp has started. The Camp started on Thursday, June 12, and will run through August. The Sugar Grove Free Methodist Summer Day Camp Program is still accepting registrations for the 2014 summer. The Day Camp offers different options – full-time, part-time, or drop-in day care services or weekly camp enrollment. The Sugar Grove Free Methodist Church has been granted a license by the State of Pennsylvania for day care services. The Summer Day Camp facilities, program, and staff meet all state regulations for a licensed day care.

The facility will be open Monday through Friday, 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m., from June through August. If you would like more information on the Summer Day Program or on the Subsidization Program, please call the church office at 489-3105.

Sale Days

The community will once again be holding its Annual Sugar Grove Sale Days event on Saturday, July 26. If you would like to rent a spot for your sale you can do so at the United Methodist Church parking lot or the Sugar Grove Fire Hall


Chicken BBQ

The AMVETS Post #50 in Sugar Grove will have a chicken barbeque on Sunday from noon until 4 p.m. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit their veterans projects.

Fourth of July

Thank You to all Sugar Grove Community Veterans for being well represented at the Warren County 4th of July parade. Some of those taking part in the parade were the AMVETS, Sons of AMVETS, AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary and the AMVETS Color Guard. Past National Commander Gary Fry drove Department of Pennsylvania Commander Jeff VanArsdale through the parade route while “Hedlund Express” float decorated in red, white and blue carrying the Statue of Liberty and Uncle Sam received 2nd place in the Civic division.

Book Club

The Sugar Grove Library Book Club will meet again on Monday, July 28. Kate Ferry will lead the discussion and the book chosen will be Randy Pausch’s The Last Lecture. She feels very strongly that it should be required reading in all high schools and wants participants to examine it with that in mind. Pausch was a professor at Carnegie Mellon who contracted pancreatic cancer. He wrote and delivered his “Lecture” with the thought that he might be able to leave a legacy and made a difference with his life and shows his young children how to love life. It is a very moving love story and a study of humanity. Stop by the library and pick up your copy today and join the Book Club.

Summer lunch

The Sugar Grove Free Library is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge. Parents can also purchase a meal for $3 Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at the Sugar Grove Free Library from noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday

The Sugar Grove AmVets has also been gracious enough to partner in the food preparation. The program volunteers would appreciate it if people who want to attend would call the Library at 489-7872 for a good head count.

Summer reading

The Sugar Grove Free Library hosting this year’s Summer Reading Program, “Fizz! Boom! Read!” with great books, fun prizes and exciting activities. Sugar Grove Library cardholders register in person at the Library. Children & teens who complete six hours of reading receive prizes and an entry into the Grand Prize Drawing. Earn extra entries by submitting bonus logs.

Last day to turn in Reading Logs will be Thursday, Aug. 7.

Grand Prize Drawing will be held on Saturday, Aug. 9, at 2:30 p.m. followed by the Lights! Camera! Action! presentation. Participants must be present to win.

Contests: Children may enter special contests throughout the summer for chances to win prizes. Special day activities and trips for the summer will include: Museum of Science and Industry – July 10 – All Ages which is a Bus trip and entry to Museum of Science & Industry. Registration and payment are required.

Nature Hunt will be July 14 at 1 p.m. for grades K-3. Explore the outdoors and create nature crafts. Registration required. Life Under Rocks July 16th 1 p.m. – Grades 2-6 – Make your own worm farm and learn about worms and other critters found under rocks. Registration required. Walking Sticks and Hissing Cockroaches – July 19th 1 p.m. – All Ages the Red Oak Nature Center presents various insects. Registration required. Chrysalis & Butterfly Sanctuary & Release into Gardens – July19th 2:30p.m. – All Ages Watch caterpillars transform over the summer and then release them into the Library garden. Drop-in . Book Bingo – July 24th 1 p.m. and August 4th 3 p.m. -All Ages Play Bingo and win prizes. Registration required.

Fundraising dinner

The Community of Sugar Grove is organizing a fundraiser at the Sugar Grove Fire Hall for a young lady, Rachel Byler, 23 yrs old, who was in a serious car accident. She was seriously injured but is making wonderful progress. The proceeds from the dinner will go to help with medical expenses. It will be held Saturday, July 19, from 4:30 – 8 p.m. This is a spaghetti dinner and the cost for adults is $7 and ages 10 and under the cost is $5.

Borough Council

The Sugar Grove Borough Council met on Monday, July 7, with members Mayor Pete Allenson Kevin McIntyre, Dave Krespan, Kevin Nicklas, Davis Bauer and Secretary Karla LoPresti . The first order of business was to recognize Craig Robbins of 239 Catlin Hill Road who was volunteering to fill one of the vacant chairs on the council. After a unanimous vote, Mayor Pete Allenson conducted the swearing in ceremony and appoints him to the borough council.

During general public comment Paul Tutmaher discussed with the council the continuation of the project for two 25 ft. poles with solar lights for flags and banners which will be located in the southwest corner of parking lot Main Street area. There have been donations from various businesses for the supplies needed to complete the project. The council had previously discussed this project and approved specifics for the construction. Watch for work to begin by end of July.

In other business, Mayor Pete Allenson attended a transportation seminar and provided a report. Pete Glotz finished community benches for the Main Street area and they are back out in the

community for all to enjoy. The Warren County Visitors bureau is looking for people to work at the visitor’s center. For more information contact the Warren County Visitors Center. The Sugar Grove Presbyterian Church has requested to use the town park July 20th from 9 a.m. to noon for outdoor church services and picnic. Street sweeping and line painting was discussed and a plan put into action for accomplishing those tasks this summer/fall.

A main concern of the community is the recent rise in theft. All the Sugar Grove pedestrian cross walks signs have now been stolen. A police report is in the process of being filed. This is in addition to previous theft of all the Welcome to Sugar Grove signs as well as numerous other thefts throughout the borough. The State Police have been contacted after this discussion at the June borough meeting. The State Police will be having a more frequent presence in the Sugar Grove borough. The council is looking into replacing the pedestrian cross walk signs and some of the Welcome to Sugar Grove signs.

A Community Movie in park has been scheduled for Friday July 25. The night before the Annual Sale Days event. “Man of Steel” will be the feature shown at dusk. Prior to the movie the Sugar Grove Free Methodist teen band, “The Flock” will be playing music in the park.

Updates were provided on obtaining items needed to continue with the Catlin Hill Road Sidewalk project.

The Borough Council went into executive session to discuss updates on the Sugar Grove Elementary School Building. Meeting was adjourned at approximately 9 p.m. The next borough Council meeting will be held on Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. All those in the community are invited to attend.